Photo: Gordon Kinne

The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce named Gordon Kinne the 2019 Springfieldian award recipient.

Nearly 1,100 people attended the Chamber’s largest annual event at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.

The award is given each year to an individual who exemplifies outstanding community service, excellence in his or her field and dedication to improving the quality of life for Springfield and its citizens.

Kinne is from Hamilton, Mo. and later attended Missouri State University where he entered the field of insurance.

He also serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the national association of third-party administrators, the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (SPBA), which works to build best practices for the self-insured industry, and serves as a resource to the various federal departments that regulate the employee benefits industry.

Gordon continues his connection with MSU, serving as chair of the MSU Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He also has been a board member and past president of the MSU Alumni Association, and past co-chairman of the Bears Fund, as well as an active supporter of Bears athletic programs.

In addition, he has served a number of Springfield business and civic organizations, including serving as chairman of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, chairman of the Springfield Business Development Corporation, and the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.

He also serves as Missouri’s National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee and is a former chairman of the 7th District Congressional Republican Committee. Kinne has a strong passion for helping charitable organizations.